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Director of Human Resources

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Empire Comfort Systems

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Director of Human Resources

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Come join our family-owned, made-in-the-USA, manufacturing operation and help us grow!


Let us warm you up! From state-of-the art fireplaces to a full line of heaters and hearths, log sets, fireplace inserts and cast-iron stoves, Empire Comfort Systems (“ECS”) boasts an 85-year history of made-in-the-USA manufacturing excellence! Based in Belleville, Illinois, ECS has grown dramatically from its start as a small sheet metal shop. ECS was the first to market vent-free heaters equipped with an oxygen depletion sensor (now standard on all vent-free products in the USA). Success continued in the 1980s as ECS became the first to market a gas-fired heater, achieving 80-percent efficiency, and, again, in 2006, with its first vented-gas fireplace, achieving 90-percent efficiency.


Now under experienced 4th generation family-owned leadership, ECS is growing market share by expanding its national market presence, building on its reputation for being “easy to do business with,” innovating new products, and embracing the “Empire Business System,” our customized approach to continuous improvement. ECS is focused on building a high-feedback culture, guided by core values, the most important of which is “leading with love.” For ECS, this means we will lead in ways that engage our employees and create a passion for our mission in a fun and family-oriented environment. Learn more about us at


Due to Empire’s recent and anticipated growth, we are now seeking a firm, yet, engaging and innovative Director of Human Resources to serve as a strategic yet down-to-earth partner to the ECS leadership team. This hands-on, walk-the-plant-floor position will provide leadership for all HR initiatives and will be called upon to create talent management systems that build upon existing HR practices and enable the organization to achieve its growth objectives.  




  • SERVE AS A TRUSTED ADVISOR – Provide HR expertise and serve as a trusted advisor to company leadership. Partner with management to represent and effectively communicate vital messages, expectations, and direction to employees across all levels of the company.
  • MANAGE OUR HR TEAM – Immediately provide guidance and support for a team of two (2) HR professionals. Foster a culture that promotes employee engagement, teamwork, innovation and change implementation. Assess, train, coach and enable ECS’ HR staff to efficiently address HR concerns in a positive and time-sensitive manner.
  • MANAGE OUR SAFETY TEAM – Provide oversight of the company’s safety and security processes.  Champion the evolution of our safety culture, empowering employees and reducing work related injuries and illnesses.  Responsible for instituting proactive measures to maintain the safety and health of employees and company facilities that are in compliance with regulatory agency guidelines and company policies.
  • LEAD EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & ENSURE COMPLIANCE – Work closely with managers, employees and legal counsel, as necessary, to resolve employee concerns and further manager development to ensure best HR practices. Maintain cutting-edge knowledge and resources on all regulatory and legal aspects of HR management, including FMLA, worker’s comp, non-exempt OT, ADA, and EEOC. Ensure compliance with company policies including local, state and federal regulations and provide timely investigation and response to claims, partnering with legal counsel when necessary.
  • RECRUIT TOP TALENT – Partner closely with managers to ensure ECS attracts and hires the best talent for the right roles. Welcome new employees to our family and oversee our onboarding, orientation and training programs. Foster trusted relationships with new staffing partners and develop a temp-to-hire program for additional and seasonal hiring needs.
  • GROW & MANAGE INTERNAL TALENT Partner with managers to support our high-feedback culture that strives to maximize the strengths each employee brings to our company. Drive and develop processes for annual talent assessment, professional and leadership development. Enhance processes for monthly continuous improvement feedback and semi-annual performance evaluation. Create and implement engaging training curriculum for employees at all levels. Partner with management to design, develop, implement and maintain the company’s compensation program, including annual merit and bonus programs.
  • ASSIST WITH LABOR RELATIONS – Play a lead role in union labor relations. Partnering closely with our COO, find and develop the right balance that allows ECS to fully engage our union employees within specific union guidelines and work rules. 
  • ADMINISTER BENEFITS & PAYROLL – Assure that employees have a good experience with the benefits that we provide and that they understand the value of these benefits. Guide the company to continuously evaluate health insurance, life and disability insurance, workers compensation insurance, and other benefits to assure ECS is obtaining the optimum value for employees within the financial constraints of what the business can afford.


  • Minimum of 5-10+ years progressive HR experience, including prior HR experience in a manufacturing and/or related industrial plant environment is required.
  • An understanding of IL labor and wrokers' compensation regulations is a plus.
  • Experience in a union environment and knowledge of labor relations is highly desirable.
  • Must have knowledge of state and federal laws as they apply to human resources and working knowledge of laws and OSHA with regard to safety regulations.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required. Advanced degree (MBA/MA/JD) and/or HR certification a plus!
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with a genuine love for people and the ability to relate and connect to employees at all levels of the organization.
  • Stellar written and verbal communication skills, including one-on-one and group presentations.
  • Self-starter who can work independently to build best HR practices and processes while maintaining close and transparent communication with senior leadership.
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to effectively multi-task in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Familiarity and ability to grasp technology, including proficiency in MS Office applications and strong working knowledge of ATS/HRIS technologies.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to maintain confidentiality. Requires skills in problem solving, short and long-range strategic planning as well as conflict resolution.